BMW Motorrad 1200GS


BMW Motorrad 1200GS


One R 1200 GS. One Mission – The best GS of all times.

The BMW R 1200 GS – the icon of all travel enduros. For 32 years “the GS” has been defining its segment and has proved to be the trusty companion on any motorcycle adventure. BMW Motorrad is now embarking on a new chapter of its success story and is yet again perfecting the icon R 1200 GS.

One R 1200 GS. One Feeling – Power in every situation.

Powerful, refined, and high revving. The R 1200 GS is powered by a new two cylinder opposed twin engine design delivering 125 hp (92 kW). Based on a new concept of combined air and liquid cooling and vertical flows through the cylinders, the engine operates efficiently, reliably, and with high torques at all times. Further improvements like the new wet clutch with antihopping feature, the electromotive throttle actuator E-Gas, and the optional “riding modes” make the opposed twin engine the perfect drive solution at the heart of the new R 1200 GS.

One R 1200 GS. One Emotion – Supreme control

The new R 1200 GS is ready for any terrain, thanks to the greater rigidity of its main frame and its enhanced Paralever and Telelever for even greater enduro steering accuracy. The optional Dynamic ESA configures the suspension automatically to the terrain and load state. The GS provides even more functions with the optional “riding modes”, a set of four different configurations that can be retrieved at the push of a button.

One R 1200 GS. One Impression – Strong individuality.

At first glance, the “new one” too is a genuine GS: robust, dynamic, and full of character. Revised surfaces and a perfect finish underscore its high quality character. The new cooling concept was integrated seamlessly into the distinctive design, and the visual emphasis moved to the front. The new R 1200 GS now gives the impression of more balance and power. Thanks to its extensive range of options, the R 1200 GS is absolutely unique. With an innovative, unique LED headlamp, cross spoke wheels, and the three extensive equipment variants, everyone can convert this enduro into “his” GS.

One World. One R 1200 GS: The Tour of Your Life.

An adventure like no other. 5 riders, 5 continents, one bike. With the introduction of the R 1200 GS, BMW Motorrad launched a world tour, better known as “One World. One R 1200 GS.” The tour took riders to Laos, New Zealand, South Africa, Europe and the United States. The best scenes (photos and videos) were captured and are now available in DVD format. Experience a round-the-world motorcycle adventure on this DVD.

BMW Motorrad 1200GS


BMW R 1200 GS




Air/liquid-cooled four stroke flat twin engine, double overhead camshaft, one balance shaft

Bore x stroke

101 mm x 73 mm


1,170 cc

Rated output

92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm

Max. torque

125 Nm at 6,500 rpm

Compression ratio

12.5 : 1

Mixture control / engine management

Electronic fuel injection / BMS-K+ digital engine management with electromotive throttle actuator

Emission control

Closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, emission standard EU-3

Performance / fuel consumption


Maximum speed

over 200 km/h

Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h

4,1 l

Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h

5,5 l

Fuel type

Unleaded super, octane number 95 (RON)

Electrical system



three-phase alternator 580 W (nominal power)


12 V / 11,8 Ah, maintenance-free

Power transmission



oil lubricated clutch, hydraulically operated


Constant mesh 6-speed gearbox with helical gear teeth


Shaft drive

Chassis / brakes



Two-section frame, front- and bolted on rear frame, load-bearing engine

Front wheel location / suspension

BMW Motorrad Telelever; stanchion diameter 37 mm, central spring strut

Rear wheel location / suspension

Cast aluminium single-sided swing arm with BMW Motorrad Paralever; WAD strut (travel-related damping), spring pre-load hydraulically adjustable (continuously variable) at handwheel, rebound damping adjustable at handwheel

Suspension travel front / rear

190 mm / 200 mm


1.507 mm


99.6 mm

Steering head angle



Cast aluminium wheels

Rim, front

3,00 x 19″

Rim, rear

4,50 x 17″

Tyres, front

120/70 R 19

Tyres, rear

170/60 R 17

Brake, front

Dual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 305 mm, 4-piston radial calipers

Brake, rear

Single disc brake, diameter 276 mm, double-piston floating caliper


BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part-integral), can be switched off

Dimensions / weights



2.210 mm

Width (incl. mirrors)

953 mm

Height (excl. mirrors)

1.450 mm

Seat height, unladen weight

850/870 mm (with motorcycles accessories or –equipment variable heights available between 790/810 mm and 880 mm)

Inner leg curve, unladen weight

1870/1910 mm (with motorcycles accessories or –equipment variable heights available between 1770/1810 mm and 1920 mm)

Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1)

238 kg

Dry weight


Permitted total weight

450 kg

Payload (with standard equipment)

212 kg

Usable tank volume

20 l


approx. 4 l


BMW Motorrad 1200GS